What are some important things to know about AeroSTEM Academy?
Glad you asked!
- The Resource Center is your school! Make friends, discover cool stuff, get help, and feel at home!
- We get junior high and high school students ready for their dream career. High school courses are a-g approved. Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways offer real world learning. From the beginning students will design a plan for their future.
Tell me about your teachers.
How long do you have?
- Our teachers hold California teaching credentials of course.
- Our teachers think outside the box. We like to go deeper, get our hands messy, build, make, research, close the text, talk talk talk, and learn in creative ways.
- Our teachers are encouragers, and while they hold students and parents accountable, they will guide the way to success.
- Our teachers have been highly trained to incorporate technology into the content. They stay current with cutting edge innovation.
What role does the parent play?
You help direct the show!
- Parents make a sacrifice to spend some of their days learning alongside their students.
- Besides teaching and monitoring, parents grade the schoolwork (using answer keys). They get to learn lot of cool stuff too.
- Parents have the opportunity to join students on field trips and related events. We encourage parents to get involved. They are the key people behind the scenes.
How will I know what’s going on at the Resource Center?
You don’t need to worry about that. We’ve got ya covered.
- Email announcements about all kinds of happenings magically appear in your inbox – All. The. Time.
- Teachers and our front desk gals inform, remind and answer your questions.
- Did you know AeroSTEM Academy has a Facebook page? If you’re a social media guru, this is your go-to.
- Flyers, banners, Google links, front desk sign-ups, phone calls, newsletters, parent/student portal, blah, blah, blah.
Now, let’s cover some more of our basics.
Attendance and Check-ins: Everyone entering the Resource Center is required to check in at the front desk. There you will find sign-in tablets and visitor passes. All student phones will be checked in at the beginning of every Center Class day and released to the student after classes are over.
Email Newsflashes: We send a lot of vital information to our families via email, so it is very important that we have your correct email address. We send field trip and special event information, testing schedules, flying opportunities – you name it! Please check email for newsflashes frequently!
Please update any information as soon as it changes at the front desk. (i.e. Email addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts, names of folks who transport your children to and from the Resource Center, etc.)
Field Trips and Special Events: We go go go… a lot! So, we created a procedure that will make the planning a little smoother. Students will receive a Parent Permission Slip two weeks prior to the field trip/event. Students have one whole week to turn in their slips to the front desk. If turned in past the 1-week mark, it will not be accepted unless a parent submits it and space is still available. Waiting until the last minute may mean your student does not get a spot for that trip.
Students are required to wear school shirts to all field trips and events.
Parent drivers and volunteers are a huge help for these field trips/events. If you are willing to help please sign up with the front desk as soon you can. There will be a driver form to be completed and approved.
Library Procedures: We have started a library at AeroSTEM Academy. It is small at the moment, but continues to grow. Please feel free to ask our front desk gals for assistance whenever you need it! Parents and students can check out library books, simulators, and Arduino kits. Students will receive a notification of responsibility for lost and/or damaged parts upon checkout.
Center Use for Parents/Siblings: Families may use the Resource Centers lobby and library space for up to 3 hours per day. Parents are requested to stay in lobby area during class time. They may print or make copies in the copy room with permission from the front desk. Please refrain from any distractions. Make prior arrangements with teachers for class participation or interruptions.
Center Hours: Our center is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00am – 4:30pm and closed on Fridays. Drop off students no sooner than 10 minutes before class starts, and pick them up no later than 10 minutes after class ends. Please be respectful of staff supervision.
Teacher Availability: If homework help, guidance, or support is needed, you can meet with the teachers during their Office Hours. You can find Office Hours sign-up sheets at the front desk. If you just have a quick question please reach out to the teacher via email, call, text or hangouts during daytime/weekday hours. Before and in between classes are used for class preparation.
Homework and Late Policy: Due dates will be posted for all assignments. These dates will be clearly communicated on the classroom whiteboards as well as in the students' online classroom platforms. The school's expectation is that all assigned work be completed and turned into the proper "box" on or before the due date. Assignments submitted after the due date will incur a lower grade.
REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLETE: If a student is having difficulties meeting any due date, he/she must contact the teacher(s) at least 24 hours before the due date to explain the difficulty and request additional time to complete the assignment. Under certain circumstances, additional time may be given to complete the work with or without penalty. In the case of emergencies, parents should contact the teacher(s) anytime late work is expected.
If a student does not arrange for an extension as described above, and fails to complete an assignment by the original due date, the teacher of the assignment will contact the parent within one day after due date. If a student fails to complete two or more assignments within any given week, the student will receive a Missing Assignment Report(MAR). The student will receive a second MAR the next time he/she fails to complete an assignment on time. At that time, an SST will be held with parent(s) or guardian(s), student, and teachers to establish means to resolve the matter. A third MAR will signify a recommendation for a different school placement. Parents/Guardians may request an SST.
Basic Student Supplies: If a need arises, you may contact your staff for basic school supplies. Students are expected to bring expected school supplies with them to every center class.
Student Laptops: Student computers are checked out for student use only. (All student computers are intended for school-related uses only. Please consult the Technology and Internet Use agreement in the Parent/Student Handbook found under “Family Resources” of the AeroSTEM website.) Student computers require a signed contract between the school and the parent.
Lunchtime: If a students stays, lunchtime is a half-hour supervised break where the students will be unplugged! (No technology/devices) Students will have access to microwaves if they prefer a hot lunch. Students will be encouraged to participate in inside games or outside activities after they eat lunch. The Staff Room is for staff only.
Drop Off and Pick Up: Our center is located on a busy road with lots of traffic. For safety reasons we ask that parents pull all the way through the parking lot when picking up and dropping off students. If you park across the street, please walk across the street with your student. If you plan to stay at the center, please park in the parking lot and not out front of our center. That space is better used as loading zone.
The following guidelines and others are found in their entirety in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Code of Honor: While a member of the AeroSTEM Academy community, each student is expected to conduct himself/herself with integrity and to uphold the Honor Code. The following are some examples of violating this code: cheating, plagiarism, lying to a teacher or administrator, destruction or theft of personal or school property.
Dress Code: Students are expected to dress modestly and appropriately for learning at the Resource Center and at all school-related events. The following are expected:
- Spaghetti straps or midriffs or backless must be covered.
- Skirts, dresses or shorts must fall below the fingertips as the arm hangs naturally.
- Boys shirts must have sleeves.
- Clothing must cover underwear
- Gang related clothing is not permitted.
- Clothing that is suggestive, indecent and generally inappropriate is not permitted.
Bullying Code: Students have the right to a safe and healthy school environment. The following is expected:
- A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation.
- A student shall not bully another student through the use of technology or electronic communication on or off campus. Such behavior includes: Sending, leaving or posting messages that are mean, inaccurate, threatening, or violent.